Common Poppy

The Poppy is an easily recognisable flower with its bright red delicate petals.

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Remembrance Poppy

The Poppy is used as a symbol to recognise the many people that have lost their lives in various wars and conflicts over the past 100 years.   Back in 1920, just two years after the end of the First World War, the poppy was first used as a symbol of remembrance.   Poppy seeds can lie dormant in the soil for many years and then start to grow when the soil is disturbed.  As a result many of the first world war battle fields in Belgium were covered in large numbers of these flowers which resulted in the poppy being chosen as symbol and reminder of the huge numbers of solders that lost their lives during that conflict. 

It is now 100 years since the start of the First World war, and each November on the nearest Sunday to Armistice day  (the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month) The Poppy forms part of the remembrance that takes place across the Commonwealth to honour the many that have fallen that gave their lives in various conflicts around the globe during the past one hundred years.